Summer Game Fest 2021 Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Summer Game Fest 2021 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Challenge Dark Myths to Bring Your Loved One Back to Life in Black Book Sat, 12 Jun 2021 11:00:01 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Morteshka and Hype Train Digital are cooking up an evocative new RPG with Black Book. The "tactical, card-based RPG" follows the trainee sorceress Vasilisa on a journey to bring a loved one back from the dead, and a demo is available as part of the Xbox Summer Game Fest demo event.

Vasilisa must contend with myths and monsters from Slavic folklore as she travels across a beautiful stylized landscape. Rogues, villains, and shades block her way, but Vasilia has a few cards up her sleeve to deal with the threats.

The game features a card-based combat system, but Vasilia won't be battling alone. While the world is a fearsome place, she'll encounter plenty of friends along the way and can even recruit demons from among her foes to fight by her side.

Black Book is planned for release sometime in the third quarter of 2021 and will launch on all major platforms. Stay tuned for more as we learn it. 

Mortal Shell: The Virtuous Cycle DLC "Coming Soon" Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:34:10 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Mortal Shell, the action RPG from developer Cold Symmetry, is getting a full-fledged DLC called The Virtuous Cycle. The announcement was made during the IGN Expo and was accompanied by a short cinematic trailer showing what appears to be Solomon, the Scholar taking on Brigands in Fallgrim outside of the Eternal Narthex.  

Beyond the announcement, there's not too much information about the upcoming DLC. It's "coming soon," according to Cold Symmetry, and we know that it will launch on all platforms, including PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. 

Hopefully, we'll hear more about The Virtuous Cycle DLC sooner rather than later, but right now, that's all we have to go on. Currently, there's no firm release window or date for the expansion. There's also no word on how much it will cost when it does release. 

Mortal Shell released in 2020, and it wears its FromSoftware inspirations on its sleeve. It received a free update in October of 2020, called the Rotten Autumn update, that added new shaders, music from band Rotting Christ, and a photo mode. 

We said of Mortal Shell in our review: "Far from being a pretender, Mortal Shell is a sometimes exceptional entry to the genre. Its stumbles are noticeable only because there is so much to enjoy." Stay tuned for more. 

[Source: IGN]

Black Skylands New Early Access Date Announced in Beautiful New Trailer Fri, 11 Jun 2021 18:02:45 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Black Skylands' new PC Early Access date is July 9, Hungry Couch Games and tinyBuild announced during the IGN Summer of Gaming expo. The open-world action-shooter blends polished pixel art with crafting, sky combat, and so much more as you explore a gorgeous world in the grip of a vicious evil.

Earth is a mass of floating islands in Black Skylands, and people roam the skies in factions trying to survive and prosper — mostly. There are those who plunder and destroy, such as the Kains' Falcons bandit gang. The Falcons attack the Earners faction, destroy their ship, and murder nearly everyone in their way, including the father of Eva, Black Skylands' protagonist.

Check out the lovely animated Black Skylands trailer below

Eva sets out on a journey of vengeance, but as determined as she is to bring the Falcons down, she also wants to rebuild her life. Designing your ship "from the deck up," expanding your base, and gathering the resources to stay alive form a core part of Black Skylands, Hungry Couch said in a statement.

Forests, jungles, snow-capped mountains, idyllic farms, and more all fall under the shadow of your ship as you explore the vast, open world, and your ship is more than just a home. Aerial combat plays a significant role in Black Skylands.

We checked out Black Skylands earlier this year and said that in its current build, it's "an inventive top-down open-world action game that mixes indie charm with mainstream aspirations." Check out more of our impressions ahead of launch

Salt and Sacrifice, the Sequel to Salt and Sanctuary, is Coming in 2022 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 17:57:48 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Salt and Sanctuary, the 2016 2D Soulslike, is getting a "sequel." Developer Ska Studios announced that Salt and Sacrifice will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and PS5 sometime in 2022. It's unclear if it will come to Xbox platforms. The announcement was made through a reveal trailer during the Summer Game Fest kickoff event. 

We say "sequel" because it appears Salt and Sacrifice is taking a page out of the Demon's Souls to Dark Souls playbook. Based on what Ska Studios has shared about the game so far, it doesn't appear to be directly related to Salt and Sanctuary narratively, and though it seems to carry over mechanics from the first game, it also seems to greatly expand upon them in compelling ways. 

Players will take the role of a marked inquisitor, a pariah of sorts in the Altarstone Kingdom. The inquisitor's purpose is to hunt down and destroy mages, but just not any run-of-the-mill mage. These are terrifying, sometimes towering behemoths that feel right at home in any Soulslike

Take a look at the trailer below. 

According to Ska Studios, there will be eight classes to choose from in Salt and Sacrifice. Though that's the same number available in Salt and Sanctuary, the classes in Salt and Sacrifice carry different names and, presumably, different characteristics and abilities. They are Highblade, Paladin, Assassin, Cleric, Dualist, Fighter, Ranger, and Sage. 

Like Salt and Sanctuary, Salt and Sacrifice will include "drop-in drop-out" online cooperative multiplayer. 

Ska Studios says there will be 20 types of mages (bosses) to take down in Salt and Sacrifice, and the map will be even more varied than before, featuring "eerie villages, tomb temples, and swamp kingdoms." Of course, there will be a number of skills and abilities to choose from through the Runic Arts system, though those weren't specified in the initial release. 

There's still a lot we don't know about Salt and Sacrifice, but stay tuned over the coming months as Ska Studios is sure to provide more information leading up to launch in 2022.